Family caregivers

Family caregivers provide a wide variety of services to care recipients: administering medications and physical therapy, assisting with daily tasks, meeting with healthcare providers, coordinating treatment regimens and schedules, helping with financial and * administrative aspects of medical care, health insurance and more.

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging Releases Feasibility Study on Web-Based Technology for Family Caregivers

09/20/2014

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has released a feasibility study to test the acceptability, usability, and potential efficacy of a web-based technology for family caregivers. Called CareGeneral, this new care management tool is designed to simplify, centralize and coordinate the care process for caregivers of older parents and other family members, and to enhance communication and coordination, minimize caregiving errors and alleviate stress. >>> Read more . . .

Next week is Active Aging Week -- let the trade show season begin

Next week is Active Aging Week 2014.  According to the International Council on Active Aging, there are 3000 events (all over the place) to celebrate beginning tomorrow -- there are "never more reasons to get off the couch."  So now there are 43 million people age 65+ in the US. (Remember when it was 39 million, back in 2012?) Today there are many reasons for older adults to get up and get moving. Seniors are saddled with ever-lengthening life expectancies (one in four of today's 65-year-olds will live to 90! They are stuck in their awkward and costly houses, with questionable health status and a propensity to be overweight.  Meanwhile, more than half of those aged 65+ rely on Social Security -- with its average payment of $1294/month -- for more than half of their income >>> Read more . . .

Nearly Half of Family Caregivers Spend Over $5,000 Per Year on Caregiving Costs

09/20/2014
San Mateo, CA; September 15 2014 -- Almost half (46%) of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, according to a new Caring.com report. A family caregiver is defined as someone who takes care of a family member or friend, but is unpaid for their services. Their caregiving expenses include out-of-pocket costs for medications, medical bills, in-home care, nursing homes and more.

NPR: Best strategy for taking care of your parents at home?

As our parents age, they’re more likely to need assistance to carry out everyday activities.

09/04/2014

Let's focus our lens on caregiving -- technology and beyond

Tech we talk about -- health -- the much-hyped investment opportunity. We talk ad nauseum about health innovation, often in the context of an aging society -- from StartupHealth, Rock Health, Health 2.0, and AARP's own Health@50+.  And we're wired beyond saturation with new health device tech announcements, from the advance swooning about Apple everything (never seen so many health dreams and now, security worries!) and Samsung nearly-everything-else (never seen so many device shapes!)  And there was plenty of health tech talk at the AARP Ideas@50+ in San Diego -- see Health Interactive@50+. >>> Read more . . .

Venture Beat: Caring for Aging Parents from Afar

From Silicon Valley to family in India.

07/17/2014

Silicon Valley Takes on the Challenge of Family Caregiving

07/16/2014
Washington, DC: A new report from the National Alliance for Caregiving (the “Alliance”) identifies key steps to better support family caregiving through the use of mobile, online, and in-home technologies. The report, Catalyzing Technology to Support Family Caregiving, follows an April 2014 roundtable featuring experts from government, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, caregiving advocates and researchers. The roundtable developed six recommendations, summarized in the report, to inspire and guide the industry. 
 

Informal Caregiving? Free Caregiving? Seriously?

Policymakers live in mortal fear that family caregivers will similarly demand help.

05/15/2014

Caring.com Joins The Bankrate Network of Websites

A shortage of caregivers -- now

More than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.

02/26/2014
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